Saturday, October 31, 2015
Great Day for a Blue Jay
I hiked the Enchanted Forest trail today.
It was ideal hiking weather. The trail was strewn with aspen leaves, the next best thing to being strewn with rose petals.
I saw a flash of blue and grabbed for my digital camera. It was a mountain jay. I fired off several quick photos without wasting time to zoom in or even focus very carefully. The mountain jay doesn't stay put long.
Farther up the trail I saw another jay (or maybe the same one again). I took a quick photo before the bird vanished into the pines.
Soon after I saw another blue bird walking ahead of me on the trail. This little fellow, about the size of a sparrow, is called a scrub jay. It had no problem with being photographed.
Here are pictures of the mountain jay and the scrub jay taken by competent photographers. (Also, the models were a bit more cooperative than mine.)
As I often say: "Any day you see a blue bird is a good day."